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WHO report on COVID deaths: Rahul Gandhi calls PM Modi a ‘liar’

Gandhi also demanded that the government should support the families that have lost loved ones by giving them the mandated Rs 4 lakh compensation.

Gandhi also demanded that the government should support the families that have lost loved ones by giving them the mandated Rs 4 lakh compensation.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday targeted the central government over a WHO report which claimed that there were 4.7 million COVID deaths in India, saying “science does not lie, Prime Minister Narendra Modi does”. Gandhi also demanded that the government should support the families that have lost loved ones by giving them the mandated Rs 4 lakh compensation.

The WHO report came two weeks after the former Congress president had shared the screenshot of a media report which alleged that India was trying to stall the WHO’s efforts to make global COVID death count public.

“Modi ji neither speaks the truth, nor lets others speak. He still lies that no one died due to oxygen shortage!” Gandhi had tweeted in Hindi along with the screenshot of the report.

Despite India’s objections, WHO on Thursday released a report wherein it stated that there were 4.7 million COVID deaths in India, which is 10 times the official figures and almost a third of COVID deaths globally. India strongly objected to the use of mathematical models by the WHO for projecting excess mortality estimates linked to the coronavirus pandemic in view of the availability of authentic data, saying validity and robustness of the models used and methodology of data collection are questionable.

The Congress has been accusing the Modi government of mismanaging the COVID-19 situation in the country and undermining the actual death figures due to the pandemic. The issue has been on the focus in the Parliament and also the recent Assembly polls in several states.

(With inputs from PTI)

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